More info about the new Dell Latitude notebooks

Next Story

Vongo shutting down, paving way for Starz Play

dell1

Here’s some more info about the new Dell Latitude notebooks that were just announced. We’re looking at four main categories that Dell’s trying to hit with these things; Ultra-portable, Mainstream, Essential, and Semi-Rugged.

The Ultraportable line, to me, looks the most enticing with the E4200 at 12.1-inches and 2.2 pounds followed by the E4300 at 13.3-inches and 3.3 pounds. If Dell offers a higher-resolution screen option for either of these (higher than the standard 1280×800), I’ll probably buy one if the price is right. That travel weight is too sweet.

[UPDATE: Apparently the E4000 series will start between $1,300 and $1,400]

The Mainstream line is made up of the E6400 and the E6500. Both are available now and both start at under $1,200. The E6400 has a 14.1-inch screen and starts at 4.3 pounds while the E6500 has a 15.4-inch screen and starts at 5.1 pounds.

[UPDATE: A Dell rep told us that the E6000 series would start at $1,000. Dell’s press release says $1,139 and $1,169 but apparently the rep says that’s incorrect.]

The Essential line consists of notebooks similar to the Mainstream line, but at lower price points. The 14.1-inch E5400 starts at $839 and the 15.4-inch E5500 starts at $869. Both systems are available now.

Finally, there’s the ruggedized E6400 ATG at 14.1-inches and starting at 5.75 pounds. It’ll start at $2,399 when it’s available next week. It meets 810F military standards.

So the ultraportable line is the one we know least about, yet is the most intriguing. We’ve only got a launch date of “in the coming weeks” and no starting price.

[UPDATE: The price for the ultraportables should start at between $1,300 and $1,400]

Here are some features for the entire line of Latitude notebooks, according to Dell:

  • All-day computing on the E6400 with breakthrough battery life of up to 19 hours;
  • Full-frame magnesium alloy construction and all-metal hinges;
  • Sophisticated keyboard design;
  • Ease of use with Dell ControlPoint, centralizing control of user settings for power management, connectivity configurations and security management in a single application;
  • First business-class laptop with an intelligent backlit keyboard that automatically adjusts to ambient light levels;
  • Exclusive ControlVault solution – intelligent security sub-processors with embedded non-volatile storage that centralizes and helps protect user credentials and security keys in a single hardened security “vault” away from the systems main drive;
  • The E6500 is the only laptop with both a contact-less Smart Card reader and a fingerprint readers that complies with Federal Information Processing Standards; and,
  • Simplified IT with compatible peripherals, adapters, docking and robust manageability features across the entire portfolio.

That 19-hour battery life is crazy. The other piece of big news is Dell’s new “Latitude ON” technology, which allows for “near-instant access to e-mail, calendar, attachments, contacts, and the Web without booting into the system’s main operating system.” That feature will be present on the E4200 and E4300 ultraportables and “uses a dedicated low-voltage sub-processor and OS that can enable multi-day battery life.” Yum.

Here’s the complete press release:

Dell Takes Business Laptops to New Latitudes

August 12, 2008

  • Sets Business-Class Benchmarks for Weight, Design and Durability
  • Breakthrough Battery Life: Up to 19 Hours on a Single Charge
  • Previews Dell Latitude ON technology: Access to E-mail in Seconds
  • Reduced Halogen Components

SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON – Inspired by close collaboration with nearly 4,000 IT professionals and end users, Dell today announced a completely new line of Latitude and Dell Precision laptops, ranging from the lightest ultra-portable in the company’s history to the most powerful mobile workstation. More details are available at www.dell.com/latitudepresskit.

The new Latitude systems provide breakthrough battery life, brilliant new design and style – including a choice of five colors.

“Since 1995, we’ve shipped more business laptops worldwide than anyone,” said Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell. “This, and our 5 million plus conversations a day with customers, gives us real insight into the needs of the digital nomad. Today we’re translating that insight into breakthrough productivity, portability and design. The new Latitudes are breathtaking.”

Dell’s re-engineered Latitude lineup answers a wide range of user profiles:

  • Ultra-Portable  – Dell Latitude E4200 is a 12.1-inch laptop that starts at 2.2 pounds, making it the lightest commercial notebook in the company’s history1. The 13.3-inch Latitude E4300 has a starting weight of 3.3 pounds1. Designed for road warriors and executives who demand maximum performance and light weight, the systems will be available in the coming weeks.
  • Mainstream  – The Dell Latitude E6400 and E6500, available today, are 14.1- and 15.4-inch laptops that start at $1,139 and $1,169, respectively. The systems are ideal desktop replacements for high-performance users.
  • Essential  – The Latitude E5400, a 14.1-inch notebook, starts at $839, and the E5500, a 15.4-inch notebook starts at $869. Available today, the systems include everyday features at a cost-effective price.
  • Semi-Rugged  – The Latitude E6400 ATG is a 14.1-inch semi-rugged laptop that starts at $2,399 and will be available next week. It is built and tested to meet Military 810F standards for dust, vibration and humidity.
  • Desk-Based  – From new port replicators to full docking solutions that fit any usage scenario with smaller footprints and streamlined cabling, users can “hot undock.”

Personalize Your Latitude

Dell will offer colors for the first time on Latitude laptops. In addition to Mica-Brushed Metal, the Latitude E4200, E4300, E6400 and E6500 will be available in Regatta Blue, Regal Red and Quartz Pink (E4200 only) in the coming weeks. The E5400 and E5500 are available in Matte Black.

“The new Latitude laptops and Dell Precision mobile workstations represent the largest client product development effort in the history of Dell,” said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president, Dell Product Group. “We’ve invested more than 1 million engineer
ing hours and the result is a family of head-turning products that are as solid on the inside as on the outside, with features that enable better security, manageability and productivity.”

Incorporating a wide range of new technology, Dell’s new Latitudes feature:

  • All-day computing on the E6400 with breakthrough battery life of up to 19 hours2;
  • Full-frame magnesium alloy construction and all-metal hinges;
  • Sophisticated keyboard design;
  • Ease of use with Dell ControlPoint, centralizing control of user settings for power management, connectivity configurations and security management in a single application;
  • First business-class laptop with an intelligent backlit keyboard that automatically adjusts to ambient light levels;
  • Exclusive ControlVault solution – intelligent security sub-processors with embedded non-volatile storage that centralizes and helps protect user credentials and security keys in a single hardened security “vault” away from the systems main drive;
  • The E6500 is the only laptop with both a contact-less Smart Card reader and a fingerprint readers that complies with Federal Information Processing Standards; and,
  • Simplified IT with compatible peripherals, adapters, docking and robust manageability features across the entire portfolio.

Access E-mail Instantly, Without Booting the OS

The company also previewed Dell Latitude ON, a new technology that will enable near-instant access to e-mail, calendar, attachments, contacts and the Web without booting into the system’s main operating system (OS). Expected in the coming months on the Latitude E4200 and E4300, Dell Latitude ON uses a dedicated low-voltage sub-processor and OS that can enable multi-day battery life.

Revolutionizing Mobile Workstation Performance

Dell, the world’s No. 1 workstation supplier, also unveiled a new line of ISV-certified Dell Precision mobile workstations targeted at performance-oriented customers in the engineering, media, entertainment and biosciences industries3. Available today, the details include:

  • Dell Precision M4400  – Starting at $1,569, the 15.4-inch mobile workstation features leading-edge graphics and supports up to 8 GB of RAM.
  • Dell Precision M2400  – Weighing 4.77 pounds, the company’s lightest mobile workstation is a 14.1-inch system that starts at $1,4491.

The company also introduced a 17-inch mobile workstation concept that revolutionizes mobile performance. Housed in an orange, anodized aluminum chassis, it supports up to 16 GB of RAM, a 1 GB graphics card, upcoming quad-core processors and up to a terabyte of storage on two drives. This doubles the amount of memory and processor cores, and triples the storage available on Lenovo and HP mobile workstations today. More details can be found at www.dell.com/nocompromise.

Green on the Go

The new Latitude mainstream and ultra-portable laptops, as well as Dell Precision mobile workstations, are available with Energy Star 4.0-compliant configurations and meet EPEAT “Gold” rated configurations. The Latitude E4200 is Dell’s first notebook offering a motherboard containing halogen-free laminates, as well as halogen-free chassis plastics and fan housings. The ultra-portable laptop also ships in packaging that is up to 99-percent recyclable by weight.

Mobility Services

All of the new products are also available with Dell’s ProSupport Mobility Services, a suite of modular services that help companies protect assets and data. To protect confidential company information, Dell can also automate data encryption on all laptops and centrally manage company-defined security policies in a way that is transparent to the end-user. Dell’s Desktop Manager service allows IT to track dispersed systems, distribute software, manage patches and enforce IT policies. For more information, visit www.dell.com/services.

New Community for Digital Nomads

Coinciding with the introduction of Dell’s new laptops, the company launched a new community site called Digital Nomads. It is designed for individuals who are not defined by the four walls in their office or home, but by a desire to always be connected for work and play no matter their location. Community members can come together to read about other digital nomads and share ideas, tips, tricks and best practices. Twitter users will be able to follow live updates from Dell’s press conference and ask questions by following @Digital_Nomads (www.twitter.com/Digital_Nomads).

blog comments powered by Disqus